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MSF set up Bardnesville Junction hospital in Monrovia in 2015 to support Liberia’s health services during the Ebola crisis. In 2017, MSF focused on paediatric care and mental health treatment.

Despite being a country of historic firsts, Liberia is sadly known for disastrous humanitarian emergencies.

The West African country, home to just over four million people, is the continent’s oldest republic and the first African country to elect a female head of state.

But, along with Sierra Leone and Guinea, Liberia was pushed to the forefront of the world stage in 2014 as the devastating Ebola outbreak spiralled out of control. The outbreak came at a time when people were just beginning to put the catastrophic civil war behind them.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) first began working in Liberia in 1990 in response to the civil war, which killed more than 250,000 people between 1989-2003.

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MSF’s work in Liberia: 2017

MSF set up Bardnesville Junction hospital in Monrovia in 2015 to support Liberia’s health services during the Ebola crisis. Originally serving children under the age of five, in 2017 the admission criteria were broadened to include patients up to the age of 15. During the year, staff attended to 7,040 children in the emergency room and admitted almost 6,000 patients, mainly for malaria, severe acute malnutrition and respiratory tract infections.


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Bardnesville Junction hospital continued to serve as a teaching hospital, providing placements for nursing students. The team conducted operational research on paediatric health issues, including paracetamol intoxication. In late 2017, an operating theatre was constructed for a paediatric surgery programme that will open in January 2018.

Pierre Trobovic discusses his time in ELWA 3, the world's largest Ebola centre, on our Everyday Emergency podcast.


In September, MSF started to support mental health and epilepsy care at four primary healthcare centres in and around Monrovia. An MSF psychiatrist and two mental health clinicians offer guidance on diagnosis and treatment to Ministry of Health personnel at the health centres, and psychosocial workers train volunteers to identify people in the community who need treatment. MSF also provides psychiatric and anti-seizure medications. With MSF's support, the health centres carried out 2,446 mental health and epilepsy consultations.

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